Too Much Time in the Office

I was stuck late in the office a couple of nights ago, waiting for Hubby to finish working on reports to meet a deadline.  I didn’t have any deadlines to meet, and I didn’t want to work any more.  My brain had already shut off at 5 pm, so it wasn’t accepting reading any work emails, anyway.

But my fingers wanted to be doing something.  I did have a crochet project with me, but I didn’t want to work on it.  I wasn’t feeling it – it’s probably going to be frogged and I will be looking for another pattern to work on.


So I started doodling.  Well, I guess you could call this ‘structured’ doodling, because I was using a ruler, and trying to measure out equal spaces free hand (no protractor on hand).   I thought maybe I could come up with a decent mandala this time, I had all the time to work on it now.

I had something in mind, but I forgot what I wanted to do by the time I started drawing.  I wasn’t planning on any shading until I had finished drawing it out, but then there was a little mistake here and there, so I started to draw over the lines, and now there’s shading.

 

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This is how far I’ve gotten.  I’ve cleaned it up a bit, and will start shading and blacking, until I decide whether to cover up the whole sheet, or stop here.  It’s not perfectly round with symmetrical designs – so much for drawing lines and measuring out spaces, lol –  but I’m getting there.

Have a good weekend, everybody!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Almost a Mandala

I’m still working on drawing a ‘real’ mandala.

I keep getting side-tracked.  I start out with an idea for a finished product, and somewhere along the way, the design changes.  Either I change my mind, or I forget what I had planned to do.

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That’s ok … one day I’ll settle down long enough to come up with a real mandala drawing.

 

 

 

Restless Doodles 

And I’m back again ….

These past few months have been hectic and busy. Between work and driving teenagers around to school and sports activities, the days and nights have been rolling into one another. My blogs have been a little neglected – even though I had plenty of possible posts! LoL  

I linked an FB page to this, thinking that would make it easier for me to make quick posts, without writing too much. It kind of worked … Until I feel that I should write more … 

One night though, I was feeling restless. I was tired and my mind was racing with checklists and schedule reminders, and it was getting late. But I didn’t want to lie down and go to sleep either. So I picked up the pad and pen, even if just to scribble around, to calm down my mind and slow down the racing … 
Well, of course my OCD brain said you just can’t scribble around, there has to be some order ….

 

And yes, I ended up staying up too late that night because the ideas were just flowing out and I couldn’t draw fast enough … But my mind slowed down and I slept well that night. I’d say the scribbles did their job … 
 

Beach Mandala

Starting a new tradition now …

I thought to get some inspiration from the surroundings for the doodles and tangles, but quickly put pen and paper away. Nothing was coming to mind.  I went out on the beach instead and came up with this.

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As I finished and went to get the camera, the waves came and washed out the top part of the drawing.  I tried to recreate it, but then got confused, so I just left it the way it was. I can recreate it on pen and paper instead (I think).  Looks similar to the Tile 2, so it shouldn’t be too hard.

I tried to draw another one the next day, but the inspiration wasn’t there again.  Besides, my footprints kept getting in the way, and when I tried to smooth out the sand, it looked like smudges instead 😦   So that was the end of that.  

Hopefully on my next beach trip I can come up with something more.

Stuck on Doodle WIPs

I’m slowly accumulating unfinished works now … That’s what happens I get an idea and need to put it down to paper right away, or I forget about it …

I asked Tin what he thought of this, and he replied, ‘It’s just a bunch of lines’.

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Hmmm …. well, it is unfinished and needs more work, but seems like it doesn’t look like anything, so will need to add some shading to this to make it more interesting.

Then I wanted to make paisley-like doodles … Not working out either … This isn’t coming out the way I had it pictured in my mind …

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I flipped the page of the sketchbook and found this instead … one of my earlier attempts to start on mandalas. No inspiration comes to mind either …

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Ok … maybe time to take a break from this, and return with a fresh mind …

Tiles 2 and 3

These aren’t quite tiles – they’re the 4×6 inch card stock that I got from Michael’s earlier this week.  But I’ll count them as part of the Tile Series, anway.

Working with the Sakura white Gelly Roll, this is what I came up with.  I’m slowly getting the concept and design of a mandala.  These can count as mandalas, right?

Other than for the middle circle – I used a roll of tape to outline the circle – these are all free hand drawings, so again the proportions are off.

I just need to branch out and add a more design elements.

I’m getting there …